The mathematics and physics of music

Students in the two Year 10 music classes had the opportunity to see the notes they were singing and playing in a lesson looking at the patterns and waves that make up musical notes. This was a cross curricular lesson bringing together music, mathematics, physics and a little biology and psychology.

They looked at the harmonics on a vibrating string, slowed down with a stroboscope, and heard how a sound could be made by mixing sinewaves at harmonic frequencies. With an oscilloscope and a microphone they saw the shape of the sound waves from their voices, and a wide range of musical instruments. At the same time they saw a frequency spectrum showing the balance of different harmonics so they could compare the different instruments and see the difference between their voices, including how they change with volume and timbre in real time. A last challenge was to see if they could sing or play an ‘A’ in tune at 440Hz.

In GCSE Music one of the Musical Elements pupils have to learn about is Timbre and Dynamics and it was felt that learning about the Physics of Music was a great way of helping pupils understand how it all worked.

A fun morning was had by all the year 10 Music Students with the help of Physics teacher, Max Taylor and Director of Music, Tim Rhodes.

GCSE Music

Twenty two Year 10 students studying for GCSE Music took part in a peer performance in class yesterday. Ranging from Baroque composers to songs from the shows, this was the practice run for the AQA GCSE Unit 3, where students prepare one solo piece, and one group piece, worth 40% of the final assessment in Year 11. The standards were high, and a valuable set of performance skills were discovered, particularly in the relationship between composer-performer-listener.

Subversion and anarchy hit Framlingham in new production of Orwell’s classic satire

Talented young actors have been preparing to bring a slice of Communist Russia to Suffolk this week in a rare stage outing for George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’.

Street art, graffiti, stilt-walking and water pistols are par for the course as Framlingham College stage their summer production.

Essentially a warning of the perils and pitfalls of the Communist ideal, Orwell’s novel has become a literary classic the world over and has shaped the careers of many to follow. By transforming Stalin and Trotsky into pigs running a farm and developing a system of ‘Animalism’, it’s fairly clear what his target is and this stage adaptation is true to the themes.

Director Hugh Edwards said, “While there are dark undertones to the events which take place, this play is about tremendous ambition, idealism and the notion of freedom. It’s also about anarchy, and there’s certainly a disruptive streak to these performers, who bring a sense of fun and energy to the whole piece.”

With a 26 strong cast and Cressi Sowerbutts and Molly Drnec (both 15) in the iconic roles of Napoleon and Snowball, this promises to be an evening to remember. Assistant director Alex Watts, and A-Level Theatre Studies student at the college said, “It’s a visual spectacle and it’s certainly not your usual high school play.”

The performances last just over an hour and take place on the 27th, 28th and 29th June 2012 at the Headmaster Porter Theatre, Framlingham. Tickets are available free of charge and can be reserved by calling reception on 01728 723789.

Apache Raises funds for Charity

During the recent visit of an Army Air Corps Apache helicopter from Wattisham to Framlingham College over £11,000 was raised for military charities. Representatives from Walking with the Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes and the Afghan Appeal Fund represented by GSM WO1 Dean Watt from Wattisham, each received a cheque for £2,784 from the event organisers at Framlingham College yesterday. The ‘Apache Approach’ event had been held to raise funds for charity as well as giving members of the local community the opportunity to get a very close-up view of the helicopter and to ask the crew questions about their operations in Suffolk and overseas. Andrew Payn, Framlingham College’s Operations Director, was delighted with the success of the day adding ‘This was a real community event and we were pleased to give visitors the chance to see this amazing aircraft operating at close hand and to meet the crew. We are very grateful to the Army Air Corps as well as the Royal Air Force Regiment from RAF Honington for their support and we were delighted that so much was raised for the Armed Forces’ Charities.’

Representatives from the Armed Forces’ Charities and Fundraising Committee from L to R:

Christopher Bindloss, Susie Marshall, Andrew Payn, Fergus Williams (Walking with the Wounded), GSM WO1 Dean Watt, Diezle Hammond, Domini Pocock (Help for Heroes), Sarah Rimmer, Georgina Natzio (Combat Stress), John Grayburn, Helen Radcliffe and Caroline Cowper.


Lower sixth physicists studying Newton make light work of gravity

It may be a myth, but the story goes that Sir Isaac Newton was sitting under an apple tree. As one fell on his head, it sparked the inspiration for the beginning of one of the most incredible theories and discoveries about gravity in history. He even invented a new branch of Mathematics to describe rates of change.

Sixth form physicists were making their own discoveries about the centripetal forces needed for the circular motion of a rubber bung on a string. Those brave enough, also put their understanding, and belief, in the theory to the test by showing that water will stay in a bucket (if you get it right!) even when upside down! How is that possible? You would need to ask one of those students to explain the ideas of Newton, gravity and rates of change.

View the photographs here.

Seb Treacy to participate in shooting event

The Imperial full bore shooting competition takes place from 13th – 19th July at the Bisley Shooting Grounds, Surrey. This prestigious event, which will see Framlingham College student Seb Treacy rubbing shoulders with competitors from all over the World.

As part of the build up, Seb (pictured above) attended a practice hosted by the Old Framlinghamian Rifle Club on Saturday 9th June 2012. The morning was a real test of Seb’s shooting ability as he started at 900 yards and then moved back to 1000 yards followed by  lunch and then on 300 and 600 yards which are familiar to him. The day was a learning curve, not only with the shooting aspect, but also being able to read the wind and being able to complete score cards.

All at the College would like to wish him success for this forth coming event.

FramSoc Event – Long Melford Hall, House and Gardens

Tuesday 19th June – 2.00pm

By kind permission of Sir Richard & Lady Hyde-Parker and The National Trust

Melford Hall has been the home of one of Suffolk’s most famous seafaring families for over 250 years. It was also a favourite haunt of Beatrix Potter and, indeed, the house is still home to her own Jemima Puddleduck. The north wing of the House was devastated by fire in 1942, but lovingly restored by the perseverance and tenacity of the family, who still live there today. Although the House was given to the National Trust in 1960, the family still own and farm the surrounding 3,500 acre Melford Hall Estate. We are very honoured to have been invited by Sir Richard and Lady Hyde-Parker and the National Trust for a private visit to Melford Hall and Gardens. The afternoon will conclude with tea at The Hall. Melford Hall is situated, facing onto Long Melford village green, off the A134 ~ 14 miles from Bury St Edmunds and 4 miles from Sudbury. The afternoon will commence at Melford Hall at 2.30pm. Numbers are restricted for this visit so please book your place early by emailing Amanda on

FramSoc Webpage

Members £5.00   |   Non-members £10.00